Malignant smooth muscle tumors presenting as mediastinal soft tissue masses. A clinicopathologic study of 10 cases
Leiomyosarcomas may arise as primary tumors originating from mediastinal soft tissues in both anterior and posterior compartments. Because of their large size and frequent areas of cystic and myxoid degeneration, they may be confused histologically with neural or other neoplasms. As with their counterparts in other soft tissue locations, histologic grade and clinical stage are the most useful parameters for assessing prognosis.